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Also known as:

  • Molly
  • E
  • ecstasy
  • pills.

What is MDMA?

MDMA is a derivative of amphetamine. Ecstasy usually refers to MDMA in pill form.

As with powdered MDMA, ecstasy pills are often cut with other substances. They are usually swallowed – although some crush and snort or smoke them.

What’s the attraction?

About half an hour to an hour after taking MDMA – or longer, depending on how much you took – you’ll start to ‘come up’. Your brain now releases its ‘feel good’ chemicals: dopamine and serotonin.

For up to four hours you might be buzzing with energy and feeling high and ‘loved up’. Sounds and lights can be enhanced, another reason for MDMA’s popularity with clubbers.

Sex on MDMA

MDMA can make you horny, with an increased sense of touch. But it can make it difficult to get a hard-on or to come. As the drug lowers your inhibitions it can make some people more likely to risk getting or passing on HIV.

MDMA is often taken with Viagra. This combination is used to get around the problem of getting and keeping a hard-on, however, this can be dangerous and lead to an erection that will not subside for more than four hours. If this happens, you need to seek urgent medical help.

Last review: 24/08/2018
Next review: 24/08/2021